Living the Truth in an Age of Lies

On July 28, 2017, in America, Belief, Books, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Future, by Derrick G. Jeter

Rod Dreher is a bespectacled prophet. He even has the iconic beard of a prophet. And like most prophets, Dreher’s latests pronouncements have fallen on deaf ears. Many in the Christian community have accused Dreher of preaching a gospel of surrender and retreat. They say he is advocating a new monastic movement—a withdrawal from a […]

Books from 2015

On January 1, 2016, in Books, Faith, Freedom, Future, God, Government, Heroes, History, Literature, Same-Sex Marriage, Theology, by Derrick G. Jeter

The best decorations are walls filled with love and laughter from treasured ones. The next best are walls filled with books you treasure. Anyone who has been in my home office knows I have plenty of books I treasure—over two thousand volumes . . . and growing. I’ve either read, plan to read, or have […]

Who Is Jesus, Really? “The Unique One” has the Answer

On April 16, 2015, in Belief, Bible, Books, Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, by Derrick G. Jeter

Napoleon Bonaparte had an ego twice the size of his own stature. He thought the Duke of Wellington a poor general and the British poor soldiers—at least he thought so before the Battle of Waterloo. But when it came to Jesus Christ, not even Bonaparte’s massive ego could stand with knees locked. “Everything in Christ […]

“The Liberty Threat”: Is America Losing Her Religious Freedom?

The power and beauty of “We the people” no longer means what it once did because we the people no longer give much thought to the document that made famous that phrase. In fact, we the people no longer remember that that phrase and document, among other things, were drafted to “secure the blessings of […]

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

On December 25, 2014, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, History, Jesus Christ, Literature, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few characters in literature are as nasty as Charles Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge . . . at least before his nightly visit of the three spirits of Christmas. Dickens described Scrooge as “a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone . . . a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from […]

Os Guinness’s Ambitious Plan for a Global Public Square

On November 3, 2014, in America, Books, Faith, Freedom, Future, Government, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

During the Constitutional Convention many feared that the proposed form of government granted too much power to the federal institution. Tepid supporters and critics, as well as Anti-Federalist opponents, believed the Constitution should have included a list of citizens’ rights. Ardent supporters, like James Madison, believed an articulation of rights was a Pandora’s Box, fearing […]

“Unbroken”: Unspeakable Suffering, Unrelenting Savagery

On September 18, 2014, in America, Books, Courage, Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, Heroes, History, Soldiers, Suffering, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Laura Hillenbrand has only written two books but she ranks as one of America’s most gifted narrative historians. Along with David McCullough and Nathaniel Philbrick, Hillenbrand’s histories are novel-like. But her histories aren’t make believe. Like McCullough and Philbrick, Hillenbrand’s storytelling talent is backed by meticulous historical research and rigor. In her first book, Seabiscuit: […]

“If I Were the Devil”: A Theological Version

On March 15, 2014, in Belief, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, by Derrick G. Jeter

Radio commentator and storyteller, Paul Harvey was famous for his folksy essays about life and culture, and for his signature sign off: “Now you know the rest of the story. Paul Harvey. Good day.” One of his most famous essays was penned in 1964: “If I Were the Devil.” In it Harvey described the things […]

The First Amendment Be Damned: Evolution and the Threat to Religious Liberty

On January 16, 2014, in America, Belief, Faith, Freedom, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Truth, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

“I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1871, “as from a savage who . . . is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” And millions of Darwin’s acolytes voiced a resounding “amen.” It matters not that biologists have never observed or duplicated mutations, even in the simplest organism, […]

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

On December 25, 2013, in Belief, Carols, Christmas, Civil War, Faith, God, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Peace on earth, good will to men—this the message of Christmas. But in a world filled with wars and rumors of war the words from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” […]